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Dec 14, 2012 2:30am PST
u.s. consulate in benghazi as a protest gone wrong. a statement from the white house maintains her comments were based on intelligence she had at the time. rice explained why it was she and not secretary clinton answering those tough questions on national tv. >> why was it you that sunday morning? of all the people in government, why the u.s. ambassador to the united nations answering questions on the attack. >> it wasn't that usual. i've done shows in the past. secretary clinton had been asked by most of the networks to go on. she had an incredibly gruelling week dealing with the protests around the middle east and north africa that enveloped our embassies. she had to deal with the loss of our four colleagues in benghazi. and console the whole state department, greet the families and the bodies. and she declined to do it. and i was asked by the white house if i would do it as the next senior american diplomat. we were talking about a range of issues that week. it wasn't just benghazi as you'll recall. it was a broad spectrum of foreign policy and national security issues that i ta
MSNBC
Dec 13, 2012 12:00pm PST
sewn up yet. we will see where that goes. but from benghazi to ben affleck. that just happened. >> well done. >> that transition just happened. benghazi to ben affleck, also one of barbara's most interesting or fascinating people. i object. i object because if you are one of the most overexposed celebrities on the planet, i don't think you can still be fascinating. he was fascinating maybe in 1999 when we didn't know literally everything about this man. but even though he has gone through some metamorphosis, he has gray hair, a father, he is old, gray hair, he is choosing good roles finally, i don't find him fascinating. >> i was bored by him more than a decade, he was like the quint essential guy famous for being famous, what he basically informs the 2000, the us aughts. i saw "a go," i saw it a few weeks ago, stuck with me. i'm fascinated how a guy could be that boring for so long and then suddenly become interested. >> but you're -- you're talk bag previous ben affleck a guy of "goodwill hunting" cannot be famous for being famous. >>> immigration could be the political issue
MSNBC
Dec 19, 2012 4:00pm PST
benghazi, there's reports in the state department here that christopher stevens didn't have the protection as people asked for. did they ask enough? can they keep asking? the report says no. but what if they had? would they have gotten the reinforcements? or would the c.i.a. say they didn't want their cover blown. >> this time, the words need to lead to action. we know this is a complex issue that stirs deeply in our passions and political divides. we're going to need to work on access to mental health care. we're going to need to look more closely at a culture that all too often glorifies guns and violence. >> i come to really respect you and the other governors and governor rendell because i watched it during sandy and i watched it during what happened up in newtown. they have to take care of their people. so in taking care of the people in maryland, what do you think is the most important thing? dealing with the issue of semi-automatic weapons? the so called assault rifles. dealing with the high capacity gun clips, the ammunition clips or the violent culture piece. what can y
MSNBC
Dec 20, 2012 9:00am PST
a number of pointless political stunts. sdroo we will look at the report on benghazi and what it purports for the hearing when former assistant secretary of state peter crowley joins us coming up next. ♪ we are gathered here today to celebrate the union of tim and laura. it's amazing how appreciative people are when you tell them they could save a lot of money on their car insurance by switching to geico...they may even make you their best man. may i have the rings please? ah, helzberg diamonds. nice choice, mate. ...and now in the presence of these guests we join this loving couple. oh dear... geico. 15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance. >>> the i wanted pent investigation into the consulate attack in benghazi has revealed grossly inadequate security and systematic management and leadership failures at the state department prior to the assault on the diplomatic compound, which resulted in the deaths of four americans, including u.s. ambassador chris stevens. the scathing 39-page report has now led to the resignation or dismissals of four senior state departme
MSNBC
Dec 19, 2012 12:00pm PST
down the gauntlet. why am i worried it's not a lump of coal. >> a chilly reception on benghazi sending in an icy blast at the state department. is it more than hillary can handle? >> no holiday break for president obama, but words from a president past could offer a new path forward. the lbj connection. >> white house history is my favorite. all that and my spoken word on why another past president had reason for holiday cheer. grab some cocoa. you are in the cycle. >> if you thought the fiscal cliff was a joke, listen to this, john boehner just 45 minutes ago. >> republicans ton to work towards avoiding the fiscal cliff. the president's offer of $1.3 trillion in revenues and $850 billion in spending reductions fails to meet the tests that the president promised the american people a balanced approach. i hope that the president will get serious soon about providing and working with us on a balanced approach. tomorrow the house will pass legislation to make permanent tax relief for nearly every american. 99.81% of the american people. then the president will have a decision to m
MSNBC
Dec 13, 2012 6:00pm PST
election in attacking the president for the benghazi attack, they would try to get instead after the election by attacking susan rice for the benghazi attack. they attacked her specifically for going on sunday morning talk shows after the attack and delivering the administration's talking points about what was believed to have happened there. it later emerged that those talking points were exactly what the intelligence agencies told the administration they should say about the attack. senator mccain described that as the worst cover-up he had ever seen in his life. he said it was worse than watergate. he said that that susan rice, she's not very bright. actually used that phrase about her, "not very bright." part of the reason susan rice became such a high-profile potential nominee was because of that criticism from republican senators. more than that, it ended up becoming a very high-profile potential nomination because of the president's response to that republican criticism. >> let me say specifically about susan rice, she has done exemplary work. she has represented the united st
MSNBC
Dec 20, 2012 11:00pm PST
ready to get serious about curbing gun violence? >>> and on benghazi, high-ranking officials said the >>> the tide is beginning to turn as more pro-gun members come out in favor of new gun control laws. even senator casey of pennsylvania. is america ready to get serious about curbing gun violence? >>> and on benghazi, high-ranking officials said the department made mistakes and must do better, but hillary clinton wasn't there today. >>> why are some on the right savaging former republican senator chuck hagel? he's emerged as a strong contender to be the next secretary of defense. >>> finally sarah palin pans "time" magazine's pick of person of the year. but wait until you hear her reasoning. it's straight out of the marx brothers, and this is "hardball," the place for politics. [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso. i just finished a bowl of your new light chicken pot pie soup and it's so rich and creamy... is it really 100 calories? let me put you on webcan... ...lean roasted chicken... and a creamy broth mmm i can still see you. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. >>>
MSNBC
Dec 21, 2012 2:30am PST
to the fallout from the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. at yesterday's hearing, senator john kerry who is widely expected to be nominated as the next secretary of state said congress should share some of the blame for what happened in libya. >> i want to be crystal clear about something else. congress also bears some responsibility here. congress has the power of the purse. >> for years, we have asked our state department to operate with increasingly lesser resources to conduct essential missions. and because of the gridlock and excesses in the senate and congress itself, we have not even been able to pursue the regular order of authorizing legislation. adequately funding america's foreign policy objectives is not spending. it's investing. >> republican senator bob corker countered that the state department was notution its existing resources efficiently. >> secretary clinton just sent up a notification to congress asking for $1.3 billion. why did she never ask for any notification or change of resources to make sure benghazi was secure? >> we are in a situation where th
MSNBC
Dec 19, 2012 6:00pm PST
. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador who had nothing to do with benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received and to besmirch her reputation is outrageous. >> does this mean we get susan rice back? i know, i know, it's a done deal. we are told that the president is picking john kerry to be secretary of state after hillary clinton. but if this was supposedly the reason that susan rice could not be considered for that job as well, this is out now, and it says in a fair world, we would get susan rice back in contention. this is the report of the independent accountability review board that was authorized by law as part of the response to the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, the attack that killed a serving u.s. ambassador for the first time since the 1970s. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed in an armed assault by a militant group on a u.s. facility that was in an area known for its armed militant groups. the attack was concurrent with worldwide protests at u.s. facilities throughout the muslim
MSNBC
Dec 20, 2012 3:00pm PST
up. secretary of state hillary clinton was set to testify today about the attacks in benghazi. but while suffering from a stomach virus, she fainted, hit her head and sustained a concussion. doctors told her to work from home this week. and deputies testified at today's hearing instead. clinton will still testify in a few weeks, but the gang over at fox are very, very suspicious. >> when you don't want to go to a meeting or a conference or an event, you get a diplomatic illness. >> if she's in the nfl, i wouldn't let her play. but i think she can make a phone call. >> charles, you had a good line. hill ri has severe benghazi allergy. >> i've been doing a lot of work on that. she is the first reported case and it's a very, very severe one. >> very, very severe. let's see the medical report on that. >> first, they wanted to see the president's birth certificate. then they wanted to see his college transcripts. now they want to see hillary clinton's medical records. unfortunately, we've seen this movie before. last year, they -- the right unfairly blamed attorney genric holder for the
MSNBC
Dec 20, 2012 4:00pm PST
to get serious about curbing gun violence? >>> and on benghazi, high-ranking officials said the department made mistakes and must do better, but hillary clinton wasn't there today. >>> why are some on the right savaging former republican senator chuck hagel? he's emerged as a strong contender to be the next secretary of defense. >>> finally sarah palin pans "time" magazine's pick of person of the year. but wait until you hear her reasoning. it's straight out of the marx brothers, and this is "hardball," the place for politics. [ male announcer ] when it comes to the financial obstacles military families face, we understand. at usaa, we know military life is different. we've been there. that's why every bit of financial advice we offer is geared specifically to current and former military members and their families. [ laughs ] dad! dad! [ applause ] ♪ [ male announcer ] life brings obstacles. usaa brings advice. call or visit us online. we're ready to help. >>> one of the highest profile election campaigns of the new year will be the race for new jersey governor. if you were ho
MSNBC
Dec 19, 2012 2:00pm PST
grownups can bring this to a healthy conclusion. and back to benghazi. there are reports in the state department's being blamed here. didn't have the protection they asked for. did they keep asking enough? the report says no. but what if they had? would they have gotten the re-enforcements but the cia said they didn't want their cover blown? again, let's get serious. joining me now to talk about gun violence is martin o'malley and governor ed rendell. thank you for joining me. president obama spoke forcefully this afternoon about needing to take action on gun safety. let's listen. >> this time the words need to lead to action. we know this is a complex issue that stirs deeply help passions and political divides. we need to work making access to work on mental health care as easy as access to a gun. and any actions we must take must begin inside the home and inside our hearts. but the fact that this problem is complexed can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing. >> i've come to really respect you and the other governors and governor rendell because i watched it during sandy and what
MSNBC
Dec 13, 2012 1:00pm PST
the aftermath of the september 11th attack in benghazi. in the letter ambassador rice also expresses her gratitude for the president's confidence and support and assures that she will remain as ambassador at the unions. let's get to our panel. with me in new york is jonathan alter, who is with bloomberg view, and professor michael eric die sorn ayson and ari melber w nation." >> i think this is the sad resolution of what amounted to a right wing witch hunt against ambassador susan rice. i think, first of all, wrongly laying responsibility for the fiasco at her feet. secondly, when facts subsequently came out to suggest that she was marrily repeated what she had been told in terms of intelligence, they were still unrelenting, and then thirdly what this does is displace a highly qualified person for secretary of state from the obama administration who happens to be a person of color and a woman. a rhodes scholar, a doctoral recipient from oxford university, an extraordinary broad career at the state department so to speak in terms of foreign relations and the like. this is a
MSNBC
Dec 20, 2012 12:00pm PST
. top state department reps answer tough questions of the benghazi report. we have a former secretary of state saying none of it will lead to change. >>> i'm s.e. cupp. i like red, white and blue. buy america. >>> no one likes last-minute holiday shopping. i have a gift for the sports fan who has everything. >>> will it be pink or blue presents under my family tree? it is not both. i have an announcement. hit follow and come along for "the cycle." >>> the mayans believe the world ends tonight. that's one way to end the fol follies of washington. the rivalry between president obama and speaker boehner is taking over d.c. rivalry, mayans, makes me think of basketball since the mayans invented the earliest form of basketball. >> no. >> it's a fact. >> it is thursday. of course i'm doing sports metaphors. what else did you expect? we start with the new york knicks and the nets. we'll get to d.c. too. so you know, really compromise in there. >> talks to the heartland, people, there. >> all right, guys. the last two times these teams met it was the nail bite we are fans not sure who would b
MSNBC
Dec 20, 2012 10:00am PST
that he has to sit down with the president. >>> senate foreign relations holds hearings on benghazi, on the attack, but without the secretary of state. >> secretary clinton is recovering from a serious virus and concussion, and given her condition it was simply not possible for her to appear today. >> and if senator kerry ends up succeeding hillary clinton as secretary of state, could we see a hollywood star m senate? >>> president obama for secretary of defense. chick hagel is not a responsible option. >> the nation's leaders come together today to say farewell to hawaii senator dan yet inoyhe. >> he was in every sense the quintessential american. he possessed every virtue that we like to ascribe. >> i'm andrea mitchell. that was a rare honor for danny inyohe. he is only the 31st person in history to lie in state in the rotunda. we expect to hear today from speaker john boehner. very shortly, in fact. the chances are he will be meeting with the president later today, but the chances for a budget agreement seem to be fading. the time grows shorter before the congress goes home for c
MSNBC
Dec 14, 2012 6:00am PST
ambassador rice's decision, they had no intention of dropping the benghazi fight. >> we're not going to let this go, how could for seven hours nobody come to the aid of the people in the attack. where was the president? >> which of course always should have been the focus of the benghazi story, rice's decision presents the president with a cabinet that looks like an america problem. the cabinet in the -- looking like a leading candidate for the secretary of defense. if kerry is a shoe in, does that change the calculus four hagel? or for white house chief of staff, kevin liu. former advisors under secretary clinton re-emerge as top candidates for treasury. if kerry ends up being a nominee for secretary of state, there would be a challenge for his senate seat. here's senator scott brown, in his farewell speech on the senate floor which oh, by the way happened to be yesterday. >> defeat is temporary, depending on what happens and where we go, all of us, we may obviously meet again. >> there you go. after rice's announcement yesterday, the massachusetts democratic party tweeted this. bring
MSNBC
Dec 20, 2012 2:30am PST
department's, quote, systematic failures of protecting u.s. diplomats in benghazi. >>> plus, nasty weather bearing down as millions of travelers prepare to hit the road for the holidays. we'll have the latest forecast there. >>> first, let's get to the news here in new york city. five days out from christmas, 12 days away from the fiscal cliff deadline that could potentially cripple the economy. house republicans are expected to vote on plan "b." that's speaker john boehner's safety net proposal that would maintain bush era tax rates for everyone making a million dollars or less. >> about providing and working with us on a balanced approach. tomorrow the house will pass legislation to make permanent tax relief for nearly every american. 99.81% of the american people. then the president will have a decision to make. he can call on senate democrats to pass that bill or he can be responsible for the largest tax increase in american history. >> well, president obama has threatened to veto boehner's measure and he said republicans need to drop any personal grudges they might have to do
MSNBC
Dec 13, 2012 3:00pm PST
' long witch hunt from top republicans over statements rice made following the attacks in benghazi, libya. it shows after the tragedy saying the attacks began as protests. that were then hijacked by extremists. that's what the cia believed and told her in a briefing given to her that very day. yet, john mccain and others launched a campaign to smear her and block her for moving to the state department. president obama defended rice on numerous occasions, but accepted her decision today with regrelt. just a short time ago, she explained her decision to nbc's brian williams. >> today, i made the decision that it was the best thing for our country, for the american people, that i not be considered for nomination for secretary of state. i didn't want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged, very politicized. very distracting and very disruptive. there are so many things we need to get done as a country. and the first several months of a second term president's agenda is really the opportunity to get the the crucial thing done. job creation. that's what matters. and to the
MSNBC
Dec 19, 2012 1:00pm PST
pain relief with just two pills. >> what's your reaction to the benghazi report? >> benghazi, do you have a reaction to the report? >> journalists at the white house today trying to ask the president about a report on the fatal attack in benghazi where four diplomats were killed. three state department officials have now resigned following the report's publication. conservatives on television repeated some wild conspiracy theories about what happened. but the report says grossly inadequate security, systemic failures were to blame. secretary of state hillary clinton says she accepts every one of the panel's recommendations. while her likely replacement had this reaction. >> secretary clinton said she would do this. and it would be a completely unvarnished appraisal. and that's what it is. i think she and the administration deserve credit for doing what was required here. >> this also comes as a belated comfort to you and ambassador susan rice who became the scapegoat for some whose theories have been proven flatout wrong. jonathan capehart is an opinion writing for "the washington po
MSNBC
Dec 18, 2012 6:00pm PST
. consulate in benghazi in libya on september 11th of the year. the panel has just released its findings, and the report appears to place a lion's share of the blame for that attack on the u.s. state department. our own andrea mitchell is going through this report as we speak. again, it has just come out. but she reports tonight that the panel has found, quote, systemic failures in leadership management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the state department. those two bureaus described as diplomatic security and near eastern affairs. according to this report, those leadership deficiencies led to a security posture at that u.s. consulate in benghazi that was, quote, grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place. according to "the new york times" and their reporting on this report, secretary of state hillary clinton has accepted all 29 of the panel's recommendations, including a number of those recommendations that are and will presumably remain classified. again, the report on the independent report on the attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi in libya has ju
MSNBC
Dec 10, 2012 10:00am PST
months by virtue of them benghazi situation. she is extremely well qualified. the president knows that. he is not iffing to be forced into a decision by virtue of the chatter that's out there in the street and the politics, and i think he is going about it in a deliberate way. there are a lot of other issues also going on that he deals with on a daily basis that are very real-time, and you also have the fiscal cliff problem. he i don't feel has the secretary of state who has said she will stay in in national hockey league a replacement is there. it is normal to get that done right before the inauguration. he has a lot of team because both of these people's, senator kerry or ambassador rice, are fully vetted. they've been around for a while. people know them. they know the sort of things they've said and the records pretty clear and public, so either one of them can move pretty quickly through the process because they both have been vetted and been so high profile and public over a long period of time. >> is -- you don't think that she's been damaged by people -- by all of these hits sh
MSNBC
Dec 19, 2012 10:00am PST
that building. >>> the benghazi breakdown, the scathing findings of an independent investigation blames the state department from top to bottom. >> mistakes were made, lives were lost, and lessons need to be learned. >> there's no question that there were people within the state department that were remiss and did not execute in an appropriate way. >>> what will be the fallout for secretary of state hillary clinton? >>> and spidy senses activate, how did president obama get caught in the hero's web? >>> good day, i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. president obama has just held a mini news conference announcing a task force on guns led by joe biden and the state of negotiations which seem to be stalling over the fiscal cliff. joining me, managing editor of postpolitics.com. it was called to discuss the gun task force, but clearly the president wanted to send a signal about the state of play with john boehner and the state of play is that it is not good. >> you know, andrea, i agree broadly with you, although i would say the president did emphasize several times that they are not tha
MSNBC
Dec 20, 2012 2:00pm PST
scores put her in third place. miss usa won. >>> up next, the benghazi hearings and the state department is now in the eye of the storm. you're watching "hardball," the place for politics. imagine facy with less chronic osteoarthritis pain. imagine living your life with less chronic low back pain. imagine you, with less pain. cymbalta can help. cymbalta is fda-approved to manage chronic musculoskeletal pain. one non-narcotic pill a day, every day, can help reduce this pain. tell your doctor right away if your mood worsens, you have unusual changes in mood or behavior or thoughts of suicide. antidepressants can increase these in children, teens, and young adults. cymbalta is not approved for children under 18. people taking maois or thioridazine or with uncontrolled glaucoma should not take cymbalta. taking it with nsaid pain relievers, aspirin, or blood thinners may increase bleeding risk. severe liver problems, some fatal, were reported. signs include abdominal pain and yellowing skin or eyes. tell your doctor about all your medicines, including those for migraine and while o
MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 4:00pm PST
. >> absolutely. >> let me ask you about a couple of foreign policy notes. after the attack in benghazi, is there a need for more accountability so that this doesn't happen again? and do you know who was behind the attack at this point? >> two points. number one, i think that tom pickering and mike mullen who headed up the review board did a very thorough job in identifying what were some severe problems in diplomatic security. and they provided us with a series of recommendations. many of them were already starting to be implemented. secretary clinton has indicated that she is going to implement all of them. what i've, my message to the state department has been very simple. and that is, we're going to solve this. we're not going to be defensive about it we're not going to pretend that this was not a problem. this was a huge problem. and we're going to implement every single recommendation that's been put forward. some individuals have been held accountable, inside of the state department. and what i've said is, is that we are going to fix this to make sure that this does not happen again.
MSNBC
Dec 17, 2012 8:00am PST
benghazi, libya. joining me now is former state department egypt officer joel ruben. good to have you here. this long-awaited independent report on the attack that killed u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three others in benghazi is going to be presented to the state department today. secretary clinton is not going to be there. is it crucial that she testify at some point in all of this, because this is another example of where she's not appearing before these meetings, before these committees. >> well, thomas, this is a very important week for the accountability review board. the results are coming out today to the state department. they'll be in open session later in the week with the two top deputies to secretary clinton. it is unfortunate that she's ill and certainly to have her forcefully communicate the results of the report would be excellent. she is the best at this, the best that the administration has to offer, but her deputies are very strong and they will make the arguments that need to be made. >> all right. so the senate committee, headed by john kerry, who is expected to suc
MSNBC
Dec 3, 2012 8:00am PST
what happened in benghazi falls under the purview of hillary clinton. susan rice is irrelevant. this is about setting up a narrative for the next four wears to go after hillary clinton in four years. that's what this is all about. >> but so if john kerry were to be nominated and as so many people on the right indicated would easily ascend to that position, there has been speculation that that would open up his senate seat, maybe scott brown could swoop in. you say that's not a possibility. >> no. i think it's a possibility because this is politics and that would be special election. but what i'm saying is that we have to look at -- we have to look at m and a. the president, again, won by almost 25 points. brown lost by eight points to elizabeth warren a servir taurl unknown in the state having already been there for two years. it's not so much kerry's seat is in danger. if john kerry is nominated to be secretary of state or secretary of anything do i think democrats will hold on to that seat? there's a 90% chance the democrats will hold on to that seat. the governor of massachusetts
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 3:00am PST
in benghazi, is there a need for more accountability so that this doesn't happen again, and do you know who is behind the attack at this point? >> two points. number one, i think that tom pickering and mike mullen who headed up the review board did a very thorough job in identifying what were some severe problems in diplomatic security. and they provided us with a series of recommendations, many of them were already starting to be implemented. secretary clinton has indicated that she is going to implement all of them. what my message to the state department's been very simple. and that is, we're going to solve this. we're not going to be defensive about it. we're not going to pretend that this was not a problem. this was a huge problem. and we're going to implement every single recommendation that's been put forward. some individuals have been held accountable inside of the state department. and what i've said is that we are going to fix this to make sure that this does not happen again. because these are folks that i send into the field. we understand that there are dangers involv
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 1:00pm PST
doctor, but it seems as though that the secretary of state has come down with a case of benghazi flu. >> this is a diplomatic illness to beat the band. >> charles, you had a good line, hillary has severe benghazi allergy. >> i have been doing a lot of work on that. that's the first reported case and it's a very, very severe one. >> very, very severe. let's see the medical report on that. >> unbelievable. now we know she is in the hospital spending new year's eve because of a blood clot that was discovered during routine short of checkup after her concussion. so, you know, john bolton called it a diplomatic illness. alan west, my favorite outgoing member of congress, called it benghazi flu. so should we hold our breath awaiting an apology from these two characters? >> one would think. this is, after all, the former first lady of the united states. this is, after all, the former united states senator from the state of new york. this is, after all, the sitting secretary of state, which in the line of succession to the presidency is fifth in line if i'm not mistaken. i could be wrong
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 3:00pm PST
and mitt romney thought he had him on the ropes with this benghazi nonsense. the president braille yantly just let him -- please proceed, governor. go ahead. what are you going to say? and not only was that a great, bril yant move in that moment a and won the second debate right there. but it was em blematic of how he just had to let mitt romney talk. say what he thought about americans. say what his plans were for the country and it was so objectionable to american people that they definitely wanted to go in a different direction. >> so please proceed governor from the second presidential debate? >> you've got it. >> well, id think that probably i would say that the best move of the year, i would have to say was the campaign grounding. i think you almost there. you're half way down the aisle but you turned around. i'm going to consummate the marriage and give the award. i think that they turned out a terrific ground game. i think that if you look at the fact that the republican polls were right, but they underestimated turn out, that was the ground game. had there not been the gro
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 9:00am PST
testimony before congress on the benghazi attack, a key demand of senate republicans. today a new senate report on benghazi heaped more blame on the state department's security procedures. president obama acknowledged lapsed that the white house would take immediate steps to resolve. he rejected criticism that he would let his u.n. ambassador twisting in the wind, susan rice, instead of training fire on republicans. >> information a politically motivated attack on her. she probably had the least to do with the attack on benghazi. why she was targeted individually for the kind of attacks that she was subjected to is -- it was puzzling to me. >> the process also seems to be playing out with one of obama's top picks to lead the pentagon. the president was quick to praise republican former nebraska senator chuck hagel, but was just as quick to say he hadn't made up his mind. >> i haven't made a decision about who to nominate. >> anything disqualify him? >> not that i see. i have serbed with chuck hagel. he know him. is he somebody who served this country is w veil valor. >> he ran into stubb
MSNBC
Dec 28, 2012 2:30am PST
on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >> yesterday, senator marco rubio called for clinton to testify, citing failures at the state department. no date has been set for her benghazi testimony. >>> and there's another cabin cabinet-level vacancy in the obama administration, epa head lisa jackson announced yesterday that she's stepping down. she spent plenty of her time sparring with congressional leaders over issues of global warming and the keystone pipeline. the president praised jackson's efforts at the epa yesterday. >>> meantime the gun control story continues in the wake of the sandy hook shootings and the reaction on the state and local levels is varying dramatically across the country. some are doing whatever they can to take gunts off the streets. los angeles collected more than 200,000 guns. 75 assault rifles included in that title, two rocket launchers were turned in for cash. rocket launchers. elsewhere, though, people are flocking to buy guns. at this shop in des moines, iowa, callers have emptied the stores. state legislators are looking to their 2013 sessions to maybe ch
MSNBC
Dec 20, 2012 2:00am PST
joe biden gets down to business over president's gun control initiative. this morning's benghazi hearings, hillary clinton is grounded by her doctors did. the fiscal cliff vote. >>> and buzz lightyear likes space suits. >>> starting with a full-blown winter storm that could dump as much as a foot of snow in some areas. eight states have already issued blizzard warnings, almost ens e ensuring a white christmas for many parts of the country as the storm continues moving east. if that's not enough, more storms are forecast for next week. we'll have bill karins full forecast coming up. >>> as time runs out for lawmakers hammering out a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, house republicans are sweetening a backup plan to gain more gop support. the president is vowing a veto even as hangups and negotiations threaten to keep him in town or delay his hawaiian vacation yet again this year. the irs estimates as many as 100 million tax returns could be delayed if no deal is struck by january 1st. >>> nbc's tracie potts joins us now from washington to break it all down. good morning. what's happ
MSNBC
Dec 2, 2012 9:00am PST
. >>> fresh criticism of president obama and susan rice over the september 11th attacks in bengha benghazi. they got a vote of confidence at a cabinet meeting this past week. >> susan rice is extraordinary. couldn't be prouder of the job she's done. >> she appears to be the top candidate to replace hillary clintons a secretary of state. but could gop opposition change that. joining me is adam shif who said it's unfair to go after rice for information given to her by the cia. so your take on her chance of being approved by the senate. is this worth it to the president? >> i think she would be an extraordinary secretary of state. he ought to go forward and nominate her. it wouldn't be a slam dunk, but she's a strong candidate and would be confirmed. and when you look at the criticism of her, it's so completely unjustified. no one is critiquing her job as ambassador where she organized the sanctions on iran. where she went after and depose moammar gadhafi. she's had a phenomenal record and the only criticism of her is she replied on talking points provided by the intelligence community. that
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2012 12:00pm PST
eucerinus.com. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton expected to testify before congress about benghazi situation as early as this week, perhaps. back with me now, the brain trust. dave, matt, angela. thanks for sticking around. folks, what do you think will be the headline the day after secretary clinton testifies? angela, i'm going to start with you. if you wrote for a publication, what would the headline be? >> "hillary 2016." i think hillary is going to knock it out of the box this week with her testimony. she's going back to her old stomping grounds in capitol hill where she's got tons of allies and friends. regardless of the outcome, the reality of the situation is you can never know what actually happened until you collect all of the data and the facts. i think she's going to fiercely defend ambassador rice. i think she's also going to defend her own honor. definitely hillary 2016. >> you also have to wonder how aggressive they are even going to be with regards to questioning secretary clinton as well. >> correct. i totally agree with you. >> dave, what do you think? what's the h
MSNBC
Dec 21, 2012 2:00am PST
september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya that killed more americans, including an ambassador. republican and democratic lawmakers clashed over whether a lack of funding or lack of leadership was the real problem. >>> last night on "rock center with brian williams," richard engel recounted the agonizing moments of being held capitalive in syria, including the moments he felt he'd never leave the country alive. >> you're blindfolded. you don't know what's going on. they take you outside forcefully. they line you up against a wall. you hear weapons loading and unloading. you hear plastic wrap being on a tarp set out in front of you. you think this is it. then they leave you there for 30 minutes. and just let the moment play out. and that was happening every day. >> richard and his team were not harmed and left syria on tuesday. he'll share more of his story on the "today" show. >>> over on wall street, the dow gained 59 points yesterday. the s&p up seven and the nasdaq added six. the nikkei fell 99 while the hang seng dropped 153. >>> today could be a tense day for ma
MSNBC
Dec 1, 2012 2:00am PST
christie and that great show of bipartisanship? was it the fact your side couldn't push the benghazi issue? what changed the last weekend toward obama? >> certainly, i think sandy changed things. it let the president be president. i think that helped. >> it changed the subject from benghazi. >> i would also say this race was more of a referendum in some way on mitt romney than it was the president, and that's unusual -- >> does your side -- i know you're a true believer, and i respect that. do you think -- i mean it. do you think they didn't really believe he believed? >> no, i don't think that was the problem. i think the bigger problem was two things. they never personally connected with him. they never felt this attachment, and they didn't see him as -- >> personal. >> second of all, i think we failed middle income blue collar voters who feel we no longer understand their life, no longer are fighting daily for them, and they think what we're about are just the social issues and fighting for tax breaks for the wealthy. that's not what we're about, but we sure let that perception ha
MSNBC
Dec 21, 2012 10:00am PST
after that uproar over her comments on benghazi. joining us now one of the leading critics of the administration's response to benghazi, republican congressman jason chaffitz. i know the senate is the confirming body, not you, but does this end the controversy over benghazi, or does that continue and need to be investigated? that, the panel having spoken, and hillary clinton having promised to follow-up. sfoo no, there's still a long ways to go to get to the bottom of benghazi, and making sure it never ever happens again. i'm sure that senator kerry will be easily confirmed from the senate. i think he is a good and decent person. i probably disagree with him on most every issue, but many terms of being a good person, i'm sure he will be confirmed, but we have as to go on benghazi. >> your committees have said you want to hear from hillary clinton? >> absolutely. she was the person in charge. we have four dead americans. we have -- think about it. in a 60-day period a group said there are more than two dozen systemic failures. they offered 60 recommendations. what in the world has
MSNBC
Dec 22, 2012 4:00am PST
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Dec 30, 2012 5:00pm PST
on the incident in benghazi as she was initially scheduled to. she also, because of her health, wasn't able to attend the president's announcement of her replacement, senator john kerry. she has been out of the picture for quite some time. after the kerry announcement she released a statement, praising the choice, john kerry was the right decision. but still she has been in a state of recovery for quite some time. >> let me interrupt you for a second. we did get a statement now from phillip rains at state department, kristin. i want to read it for folks so that they know the absolute latest. sorry for the intrusion on your sunday night, but we want to update you on the secretary's health. following statement is on the record. in the course of a follow-up exam today, secretary clinton's doctors discovered a blood clot formed stemming from the concussion she sustained several weeks ago. she's being treated with anti-coagulants she's at new york presbyterian hospital to monitor the medication over the next 48 hours. her doctors will continue to assess her condition, including othe
MSNBC
Dec 13, 2012 9:00am PST
just this fight and just benghazi. >> the biggest number at all is most people don't know enough about her to make up their opinion. as we know, the way politics worse is that absence two sides of a debate, one side will win. if there is one piece of information, it's all been pretty negative about her so far. i do think there is a risk for republicans regardless of whether they will say that if they proceed with a pretty ugly i think there are problems with terms of tone and how aggress he have the republicans want to be seen as going after her especially because so many attacks are over this benghazi issue and over talking points, and -- >> she had nothing -- >> look. her critics make other arguments, and you can debate the substance of that, but many terms of just sort of this is a very narrow cast discussion right now over a tv appearance. >> over one tv appearance. diversity is always an issue in the obama cabinet. just like any other administration. >> that's right. >> interestingly enough, it's been 15 years since there has been a white man as secretary of state. 15 years since
MSNBC
Nov 30, 2012 4:00pm PST
fact your side couldn't push the benghazi issue? what changed the last weekend toward obama? >> certainly i think sandy changed things. it let the president be president. >> it changed the subject from benghazi. >> i would also say this race was more of a referendum in some way on mitt romney than it was the president, and that's unusual -- >> does your side -- i know you're a true believer, and i respect that. do you think -- i mean it. do you think they didn't really believe he believed? >> no, i don't think that was the problem. i think the bigger problem was two things. they never personally connected with him. they never felt this attachment, and they didn't see him as -- >> personal. >> second of all, i think we failed middle income blue collar voters who feel we no longer understand their life, no longer are fighting daily for them, and they think what we're about are just the social issues and fighting for tax breaks for the wealthy. that's not what we're about, but we sure let that perception happen. >> my dad is a regular republican, not a right winger. he used to
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 8:00am PST
illness was really suggesting she was trying to avoid facing direct questions on benghazi. what is your thought? >> that is what's wrong with washington. you know, people who invent conspiracies behind every cloud. these are the same people who said the moon landing was staged in a hollywood set. let this woman rest and get well and give her some space. stop creating a conspiracy behind every cloud. >> thank you so much democratic congressman steve israel of new york. appreciate it. >> thank you. >>> it's already new year's in new zealand. the first major city in the world to welcome in 2013. in australia over a million people turned out to watch a spectacular display at sydney's harbor bridge. then in tokyo monks rang in the new year ringing a temple bell 108 times in keeping with their tradition. nbc's ron mott is in new york's times square where preparations are under way for tonight's big show. >> a good new year's eve to you, richard, here in times square. on 365 days of the year it is a pretty electric place with all of those lights. it will be especially so tonight. an estim
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Dec 18, 2012 4:00pm PST
benghazi this week, but deputies will testify in her place. enter john bolten, former u.n. ambassador under george w. bush. he's not convinced of clinton's illness. >> you know, every foreign service officer in every foreign ministry in the world knows the phrase i'm about to use. when you don't want to go to a meeting or a conference or an event, you have a diplomatic illness. and this is a diplomatic illness to beat the band. >> victoria nuland responded saying bolton doesn't know what he's talking about. in bolton's case that's all a reasonable, safe assumption. >>> up next, is the horror of newtown marking the beginning of the end of the nra's dominance over the issue of gun control in this country? you're watching "hardball," the place for politics. ♪ [ male announcer ] with free package pickup from the u.s. postal service the holidays are easy. visit usps.com. pay, print, and have it picked up for free before december 20h for delivery in time for the holidays. you can even give us special instructions on where to find it. free package pickup. from the u.s. postal service. beca
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Dec 12, 2012 4:00pm PST
benghazi, because he had nothing else. and even benghazi, of course, was overblown. >> let's take a look at this. this is an ad by the superpac supporting president obama. it was singled out by political fact for being false. it was a devastating but powerful ad that left the impression that mitt romney and bain capital had responsibility for a woman's death. let's listen. >> when mitt romney and bain closed the plant, i lost my health care, and my family lost their health care. and a short time after that, my wife became ill. i don't know how long she was sick. and i think maybe she didn't say anything because she knew that we couldn't afford the insurance. and then one day she became ill, and i took her up to the jackson county hospital, and admitted her for pneumonia, and that's when they found the cancer. and by then it was stage 4. there was nothing they could do for her. and she passed away in 22 days. i do not think that mitt romney realizes what he has done to anyone. and i hurt more, i do not think that mitt romney is concerned. >> over the top? john? >> i mean, it's a very
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Dec 4, 2012 6:00am PST
ask you a quick question on susan rice. do you believe the benghazi incident disqualifies her to be secretary of state? >> it will prevent her being confirmed until the white house comes forward with the answerses to all the questions all of us have been asking. what happened on the 16th of september when she went on the talk shows and talked about blaming the attacks in benghazi on an anti-muslim trailer in the united states when, in fact, we've come to learn that intelligence people knew it was a terrorist raid and we had no explanation as to why we couldn't protect our ambassador and lost our first ambassador in the line of duty since 1979, if those questions aren't answered then there's not going to be a confirmation in my judgment. >> all right. i have to leave it there. georgia republican senator johnny isakson, thanks for coming on. >> thanks, chuck. >>> optimism over the fiscal cliff is fading in washington but not on wall street. they continue to believe a deal is coming. the market rundown is next. and from secretary of state to new york city mayor, michael bloomberg's cra
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